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Harbury Beer Festival 2009

Beer of the festival

Your votes have been counted and here are the results (joint 3rd in no particular order):
  1. Windjammer IPA - Alcazar Brewery
  2. Decadance - Brewsters Brewery
  3. Screech Owl - Castle Rock Brewery
  4. Arctic Global Warmer - North Cotswold Brewery

Times and Admission

  • Village Hall
    near Leamington Spa
    CV33 9JE
  • Friday 4th September 2009: 5.30pm-11pm £2*
  • Saturday 5th September 2009: 11.30am-4pm £1*, 6pm-11pm £2*
  • Refundable souvenir festival glass: £2
  • Admission Package: £10 included entrance fee, festival glass and beer tokens

*Free admission for CAMRA members.


  • Food and soft drinks available at all sessions

Saturday Entertainment

Hereburgh Morris at lunchtime and music by Clive John in the evening.

Theme - Beers from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire

The 2009 festival featured 60+ beers sourced from Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire as well as the Heart of Warwickshire area.

Tall Tales From Harbury Beer Festival


Public transport

Harbury is served by the Stagecoach Warwickshire bus route 64 from Leamington to Southam/Long Itchington/Stockton/Birdingbury with evening journies to and from Rugby.

For latest timetables see the Bus Route Finder pages of the Public Tranpsort section of the Warwickshire County Council site.

The nearest train station is Leamington Spa, served by London Midland trains from Birmingham Snow Hill, Chiltern Railways trains running between London Marylebone and Birmingham and Arriva Cross Country trains on the route between Birmingham and Reading..

Beer List

Brewery Beer Style ABV County Notes
Alcazar Sherriff's Gold Bitter 3.6 Nottinghamshire Golden ale made with First Gold and Golding hops
Alcazar Windjammer IPA IPA 6.0 Nottinghamshire Traditional IPA brewed with 5 varieties of North American Hops. Strong and Hoppy
Atomic Half Life Pale Ale 5.0 Warwickshire A robust aromatic pale ale with a sharp refreshing taste followed by a clean bitter finish. Uses Maris Otter malt and American Amarillo hops
Bateman Dark Mild Mild 3.0 Lincolnshire Characteristic orchard fruit and roasted nut nose with hops evident. One of the classic mild ales, although the lasting bitter finish may not be entirely true to type
Bateman Salem Porter Porter 4.7 Lincolnshire A black and complex mix of chocolate, liquorice and cough elixir. A black and complex mix of chocolate, liquorice and cough elixir
Blue Bell Old Fashioned Best Bitter 4.8 Lincolnshire Traditional well balanced beer using premium Maris Otter malt and 4 hop varieties
Blue Cow Best Bitter Bitter 3.8 Lincolnshire A full flavoured hoppy, golden ale, with very fresh initial taste. A mellow lingering aftertaste
Brewster's Hop Head Bitter 3.6 Lincolnshire This amber beer has a floral/hoppy character; hops predominate throughout before finally yielding to grapefruit in a slightly astringent finish
Brewster's Decadence Strong Ale 4.4 Lincolnshire Light golden bitter with a special blend of hops giving a wonderful zesty herbal flavour perfectly complemented with a touch of caramel malt flavour
Castle Rock Preservation Fine Ale Best Bitter 4.4 Nottinghamshire A full flavoured beer with some residual sweetness that is well balanced with a resinous hop character
Castle Rock Sceech Owl Strong Ale 5.5 Nottinghamshire An export strength traditional India Pale Ale. SIBA Champion Strong Bitter 2009
Cathedral St. Hugh's Bitter 4.0 Lincolnshire A copper traditional English ale with a bitter finish
Cathedral Golden Imp Bitter 4.2 Lincolnshire A lovely pale gold quaffing ale with a dry finish
Caythorpe Stout Fellow Stout 4.2 Nottinghamshire Black body with cream head, roasted malts with subtle hopping
Church End Enigmatic Variations Bitter 4.5 Warwickshire Straw coloured with loads of Cascade hops. Relatively citrusy and very tangy
Dark Tribe Honey Mild Mild 3.6 Lincolnshire Dark smooth mild with a hint of sweetness
Dark Tribe Dixie's Bollards Best Bitter 4.5 Lincolnshire A tawny coloured bitter with a hint of something special! Can you guess?
Dark Tribe Dark Destroyer Strong Ale 9.7 Lincolnshire Very Dark, Very Strong - Will it...Destroy you? Made with Maris Otter malts. Blended with Fuggles and Challenger hops
Discovery Davy's Glow Best Bitter 4.2 Warwickshire A distinctive and hoppy pale ale that will make you glow with joy
Fugelestou Pride of Fulstow Best Bitter 4.5 Lincolnshire A deep coloured beer with ripe malt in the mouth and a good hop balance. A dry finish with blackcurrant fruit notes
Fugelestou Sledge Hammer Stout Stout 8.0 Lincolnshire A full flavoured stout having rich liquorice flavours with fruit and raisins. A satisfying bitter aftertaste
Full Mash Elder Statement Pale Ale 4.8 Nottinghamshire A Pale ale releasing a predominating aroma and taste of fresh elderflowers. A smooth, rounded mouth feel carries slightly sweet maltyness towards a touch of lingering bitterness. Festival Special
Full Mash Ouija Mild 3.7 Nottinghamshire Deep smooth flavours designed into this mild ale encourage a full mouth feel. There are plenty of rich chocolate tones that mellow into delicate roast bitterness
Grafters Over The Moon Bitter 4.0 Lincolnshire A mid-range beer amber in colour made from Pale and Crystal malt with torrefied wheat. Single-hopped with Northdown and late-hopped with Progress for aroma
Grafton Lady Mary Strong Ale 5.0 Nottinghamshire Golden in colour. A superb blend of crystal and pale malts producing a slight bitter aftertaste
Griffin Inn Terry the Tent Bitter 4.7 Warwickshire Refreshing Moorish beer medium to light in colour. Well balanced
Highwood Hop and Glory Bitter 3.6 Lincolnshire Hoppy Golden bitter made using English grown Cascade hops
Highwood Lincoln Imp Strong Ale 5.1 Lincolnshire Pale and hoppy, nicely balanced, a delicate maltiness in the mouth and a hoppy bitter finish
Holland Chocolate Clog Mild 3.8 Nottinghamshire Dark Mild, rounded malt flavours from a mixture of 4 dark malts. Full bodied and hopped with Progress
Hopshackle Caskadia Best Bitter 4.3 Lincolnshire Golden in colour with an aroma of fruit laced width vanilla. The taste is citrus and malt with a tangy bitter finish
Hopshackle Historic Porter Porter 4.8 Lincolnshire This is a dark beer with deep red highlights and an aroma of malt, grain and fruit. The taste is malt, hops, dark chocolate and liquorice with a moderately bitter finish
Hopshackle Double Momentum Strong Ale 7.0 Lincolnshire It is a golden beer with an aroma of vinous fruit with a hoppy edge . It has a coarse white head and a taste of malt, fruit and alcohol with a bitter edge
Hopshackle Vortex Strong Ale 9.5 Lincolnshire A tawny brown beer with an intensely hoppy fruity flavour balanced by some notes and a little residual maltiness. This is the only cask that has been released to any beer festival in the country this year!!!
Idle Sod Bitter 4.2 Nottinghamshire Light golden ale which has a deep fruity aroma and a well balanced bittering, flavoured with Cluster Hops
Leila Cottage Ace Ale Bitter 3.8 Lincolnshire A traditional session bitter
Magpie Fledgling Bitter 3.8 Nottinghamshire A golden hoppy session beer
Magpie JPA Strong Ale 5.2 Nottinghamshire An IPA made with Fuggles and Goldings hops and dry-hopped with Goldings
Mallard Duck and Dive Bitter 3.7 Nottinghamshire A light, single hopped beer made with the hedgerow hop, First Gold. A bitter beer with a good hoppy nose, good bitterness on the palate and a dry finish
Mallard Webbed Wheat Wheat Beer 4.3 Nottinghamshire A wheat beer with a fruity, hoppy nose and taste
Maypole Mae West Best Bitter 4.6 Nottinghamshire Refreshing blonde and dangerously drinkable. Citrus flavours
Maypole Gate Hopper Bitter 4.0 Nottinghamshire A pale golden brew
Milestone Raspberry Wheat Beer Fruit Beer 5.6 Nottinghamshire Continental Style Fruit Beer, Mouth filling fruit, with zingy finish. Primary hops used are First Gold, Saaz, and Teneng
Milestone Hammerhead Stout 5.2 Nottinghamshire A Full bodied chocolate stout with a nose of Chocolate & Roasted and a taste that has a hint of bitterness to help the roasted barley expand on the palate
Newby Wyke Bear Island Best Bitter 4.6 Lincolnshire A blonde beer with a hoppy aroma and a crisp, dry citrus finish
North Cotswold Arctic Global Warmer Stout 15.0 Warwickshire A unique 3 year old cask of a powerful Imperial Russian Stout. This never to be repeated experience should be like drinking vintage black port
North Cotswold Hung Drawn N'Portered Porter 5.0 Warwickshire Strong dark treacle porter. Well balanced taste of Bramling cross hops
Nottingham Dreadnought Best Bitter 4.5 Nottinghamshire Rich ruby coloured premium bitter with a well rounded fullness of malt and deep strength of hop bitterness
Nottingham Clayton's Original Best Bitter 4.3 Nottinghamshire Claytons is a polished copper coloured, well malt to hop balanced, pale ale styled beer. Light and refreshing with an aromatic nose
Oldershaw Pearl Bitter 3.0 Lincolnshire A light golden full bodied quaffing ale packed with flavour and hop aroma
Oldershaw Regal Blonde Lager 4.4 Lincolnshire Straw coloured lager style beer with a good malt/hop balance throughout; strong bitterness on the taste lingers
Poachers Poachers Pride Bitter 4.0 Lincolnshire Amber bitter brewed using Cascade hops that produce a fine flavour and aroma that lingers
Poachers Trout Tickler Strong Ale 5.5 Lincolnshire Ruby bitter with intense flavour and character, sweet undertones with a hint of chocolate
Purity Mad Goose Best Bitter 4.3 Warwickshire Light copper pale ale brewed with Maris Otter malt and wheat plus Hallertau Cascade and Willamete hops
Riverside Dixon's Major Bitter 3.9 Lincolnshire Red coloured well balanced bitter with a distinct secondary continental hop flavour from Styrian Goldings
Rugby Knock On Mild 4.9 Warwickshire A strong dark mild. A slightly bitter start develops into a smooth fruity finish. Good white head retention and a full body. Cascade is used to dry-hop the casks. Festival Special
Slaughterhouse Hog-Goblin Bitter 4.6 Warwickshire A well balanced mid brown premium bitter
Springhead Goodrich Castle Best Bitter 4.4 Nottinghamshire Brewed following a 17th Century recipe using rosemary; a pale ale, light on the palate with a bitter finish and a delicate flavour
Springhead Leveller Best Bitter 4.8 Nottinghamshire A dark, smoky intense flavour with a toffee finish. Brewed in the style of Belgian Trappist ale
Swaton Kiss Goodnight Best Bitter 4.5 Lincolnshire Copper coloured hoppy ale
Tunnel Boston Beer Party Bitter 3.7 Warwickshire An American pale ale. Very hoppy and citrusy. Rich deep gold in colour
Warwickshire Darling Buds Bitter 4.0 Warwickshire A straw coloured beer, suitable for both ale and lager drinkers. Made with First Gold and Golding hops
Weatheroak Light Oak Bitter 3.6 Lincolnshire Light and refreshing with a citrus finish
Willy's Coxswains Special Best Bitter 4.9 Lincolnshire Medium coloured beer with a well hopped and honeyed taste
Willy's Original Bitter Bitter 3.8 Lincolnshire A light brown sea-air beer with a fruity, tangy hop on the nose and taste, giving a strong bitterness tempered by the underlying malt

Cider and Perry list

Producer Name ABV County Notes
Raglan Cider Mill, Raglan Teatowl - A Dry Perry 5.0 Monmouth A silver medal winner 2009 in the Welsh Perry and Cider Society Championships
Raglan Cider Mill, Raglan Barney's Best Cider Medium Dry 5.7 Monmouth This blend was a favourite of our long time member Robin Barnes who sadly died earlier this year
Skidbrooke Cyder Co, Louth Medium Dry Cider 5.7 Lincolnshire Dry, still, natural cider, using local apples and nothing else. The Medium and the Vintage cider are both kept in French oak barrels for at least six months before bottling.
Skidbrooke Cyder Co, Louth Vintage Dry Cider 6.0 Lincolnshire Same as the medium but 3 years old
Stamford Juice Company, Stamford Stamford Cider 6.9 Lincolnshire This specialist apple juice producer using local Stamford fruit makes a draught cider on request which is matured in oak spirit casks. Only four casks of cider were made during the 2007/8 season.
Windmill Vineyard, Hellidon Dabinette 6.0 Northamptonshire A medium dry single varietal cider. 2 years old
Windmill Vineyard, Hellidon Dusty Millers Fancy 8.0 Northamptonshire Full bodied, robust dry cider
Hucknall Cider Co, Hucknall Floppy Tabs 6.0 Nottinghamshire Made entirely from Nottinghamshire-grown fruit, being a blend of dessert and wilding apples, with a few cider apples and dual-purpose added for balance and acidity. A pale, straw-coloured cider, with light tannins and an appley nose. The taste is crisp and refreshing, with a vinous quality. It has been likened to an Eastern-counties cider in style - which is unsurprising really!
The Beeches, Spalding Fine Dry Cider 5.5 Lincolnshire Produced by the former Fen Ales brewer
Hucknall Cider Co, Hucknall Heritage Orchard 6.0 Nottinghamshire All of the fruit used comes from a single heritage orchard at East Markham in Nottinghamshire. The varieties of apple used are all threatened or traditional varieties which do not match modern orcharding practices. It is made from 100% pure pressed apple juice. It is a golden-coloured, slightly hazy cider, with soft tannins and a fruity nose. It is tangy with a bit of bite, followed by citrus notes and possibly a hint of pineapple?
JW's Dry Fen Cider, Spalding Dry Fen Cider 4.5 Lincolnshire Produced from locally grown apples, handpicked into baskets. After pressing, cool fermentation is encouraged using Champagne yeasts yielding a natural dry flavour Fermented to total dryness leaving no residual sugar - matured for 3 months

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